Los Angeles County will benefit from $23.7 million in fast-tracked road repairs beginning this summer made possible by the recent passage of Senate Bill 1, a California gas tax increase expected to raise $54 billion over the next decade to fix transportation infrastructure.
The repairs are among $285 million that the California State Transportation Agency and the Department of Transportation are expediting around the state. This falls as a result of the tax even before revenue from SB 1 starts to accrue this upcoming fall.
"This legislation provides for needed investments to fix California's roads, and Caltrans is acting quickly to get to work," Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty said. "This summer we will deploy construction teams across the state to resurface highways, improve safety for motorists and start filling more potholes than ever before."
The repairs include:
- A $7.2 million pavement preservation project that will resurface nearly 22 miles of State Route 1 between Long Beach and Hermosa Beach.
- A $1.3 million pavement preservation project that will resurface 2.3 miles of State Route 47 between MacArthur Avenue and Seaside Avenue.
- A $3.5 million project that will resurface nearly three miles of State Route 14 between Newhall Avenue and Friendly Valley Parkway.
- A $2.8 million project that will resurface nearly two miles of Interstate 710 in Long Beach.
- A $1.8 million project that will repair and resurface various sections of State Route 57, north of the Los Angeles/Orange County line and State Route 60 in Diamond Bar.
- A $1.7 million project that will resurface nearly seven miles of Interstate 5 between Interstate 605 and Washington Boulevard.
- A $2.6 million project that will resurface more than three miles of State Route 605 between El Monte and West Covina.
"SB 1 dedicates transportation dollars to transportation purposes. With the law in place we can begin to put thousands of people to work rebuilding California and its local communities -- that's exactly what we're doing," CalSTA Secretary Brian Kelly said. "This investment creates jobs, improves roads and bridges and has strong public accountability."